Bhai it is a sad statement that due to the miscalculation of some of our politicians on both sides (and of course Indian saajish) our countries became separated. Otherwise we had a dynamic combination and complementary economies as two wings of Pakistan. Our politicians failed to see the potential beyond the petty "Udhar tum, Idhar hum" philosophy. Together we could have beaten Indian economy handily, the way investments before 1971 were going. The lost decades in Pakistan were a drag as well. Bangladesh post 1971 became an economic vassal of India and a captive market, improving Indian economy far beyond the proportion of population in Bangladesh. This was a huge net gain for Indian economy post 1971 and continues to be crucially important to Indian economy to this day, which they hardly admit.Great informative and humble post.
Yes, BD maybe over-crowded but it does have lots of water and arable land. Plus other factors as you mentioned.
People also need to realize that a large part of Pakistan is desert/arid and yet the population of Pakistan is bigger than BD.
I tend to think Pakistan's problems/not realizing full potentials are deeply rooted in geopolitics. Unlike BD, Pakistan is in really tough geopolitical situation and I think the approximate two decades lost by Pakistan since 1989, on top of huge spending and focus on defense matters since 1947, had a direct connection with geopolitical events. BD is very lucky--or wise--on that count.
Lately there has been a lot of heartburn in Indian Sanghi leader circles because of the fact that China became a closer trade partner in lieu of India. Now we need to do the same thing with Pakistan as well.
When you see Bangladeshi twenty somethings cheer for Pakistan winning against their own team in cricket matches then you realize the depth of fellow feeling Bangladeshis have for Pakistan. We should really work against Indian machinations to improve our mutual trade and cultural exchanges (along with same ties with China, Turkey and Indonesia) to bring us together again. at least economically. This alone will provide a bulwark against Indian expansionism.
People do not realize how important this is, Bangladesh reducing trade dependency with India. The sooner we do this, the better it is. Only Bangladeshis and Pakistanis should trade and mutually benefit each other, benefitting India trade wise to the tune of hundreds of Billions annually helps none of our two nations.